Huffpost Politics

Gallup Poll Shows No Romney Bounce From Republican Convention

Posted: Updated:

Mitt Romney has left Tampa as the official Republican nominee, but without inspiring much change in voter preferences, according to the Gallup Daily tracking poll. In the four days before the convention, Romney edged Obama 47 percent to 46 percent. In the four days since, those numbers have flipped, a difference well within the margin of error.

Romney is the third candidate and the first Republican since 1964 to not receive a convention bounce in the Gallup Poll, putting him in the company of George McGovern and John Kerry. As Gallup's analysis notes, this could reflect a lack of enthusiasm for Romney, disinterest in this year's festivity, or simply the diminishing role that conventions play in the campaign cycle:

Convention bounces are an expected part of each presidential campaign, so the fact that Romney did not receive one is surely a disappointment for his campaign and his supporters. However, with Americans' engagement in elections much higher earlier on in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 elections than in prior election years, conventions may no longer serve to introduce the nominees to Americans. Rather, Americans probably already have a good sense of who the nominees are and what they would do if elected president.

Gallup also found that roughly the same number of respondents said they were more likely to vote for Romney after the convention as those who said they were less likely to do so. Tracking polls from Rasmussen and Reuters/Ipsos showed a race slightly tighter than prior to the convention, but without any major shifts.

The post-convention Gallup tracking poll, conducted Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, surveyed 1,827 registered voters by telephone, while the pre-convention poll, conducted Aug. 24 to Aug. 27, included 1,816 voters. Both polls had a 3 percent margin of error.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
Republican National Convention 2012
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

No GOP Convention Bounce in Polls for Mitt Romney, Yet

Sept. 1: Romney's Convention Bounce Appears Middling So Far

Mitt Romney gets little or no convention bounce, polls indicate

 
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Holdover
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results
Register To Vote